Festive plum pudding races mark the culmination of another year of rowing

December 19, 2023

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The recent Haberdashers’ Monmouth School festive Plum Pudding rowing races provided the perfect occasion to round off a successful year for our rowers and savour one last get together before Christmas. This unique event featured some delightful elements, including a dinosaur as a cox!

Against the backdrop of a brisk Saturday morning on the River Wye, three crews of rowers adorned in Christmas fancy dress raced for the plum puddings.

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In the initial race, ‘Jingle My Bells’ narrowly triumphed over the spirited ‘Here come the Ho Ho Hos.’ Subsequently, the ‘Santa’s Submarines’ faced off against the ‘Here come’ team, overcoming a near boat collision to set the stage for an exhilarating final between ‘Jingle My Bells’ and ‘Santa’s Submarines’

‘Santa’s Submarines’ clinched victory by a margin of less than a boat’s length, securing the top spot overall. The triumphant Santas, comprising Tomos, Phil, Ollie, James, Ben, George, Patrick, Alex, and Alec, emerged as the stars of the day.

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Reflecting on the event, John Griffiths, GB cap and former Master in charge of rowing said, “It was a fantastic day to tie up loose ends from my tenure as Master i/c Rowing at Monmouth School.”